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Brent Blackwelder

Brent Blackwelder


Brent Blackwelder graduated summa cum laude from Duke University. He has master’s degree in math from Yale and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Maryland. He teaches part-time at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Blackwelder served as president of Friends of the Earth from 1994 until his retirement in October of 2009. He was the founding chairman of American Rivers in 1973 and worked for 40 years on environmental issues, testifying over 1000 times to Congress. He led many efforts to protect rivers throughout the United States and the world, helping to halt over 200 dam and diversion projects and to increase the national scenic rivers system from only eight protected rivers in 1973 to over 250 today. He was listed by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the 22 Best Stewards of the Planet in 2005 and was featured in Washingtonian magazine in 2008 as one of 30 environmental leaders in the DC metropolitan area.

Board Member since 2020.